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Graduates are Celebrated and Awarded at Graduation Ceremony

Jun 24, 2013

On Wednesday, May 22nd, the Indianapolis Campus held a graduation ceremony to celebrate the academic achievements of the Class of 2013. After a warm welcome from campus director James Abraham, guest speaker Ginny Cain took the stage.

Ms. Cain is the central Indiana regional director for Senator Dan Coats’ office and a city council member. She shared her professional experiences with graduates and emphasized the value of education to her success. She explained that the percentage of Indiana residents who have a college degree is not that high, and how the Class of 2013 is making not just a change in their lives but in the lives of all Hoosiers. She praised their accomplishments and encouraged them to strive for excellence in the future.

After Ms. Cain’s inspirational speech, awards were handed out to many deserving graduates. Bennie Holmes received the Alumni Hall of Achievement Award for his exceptional work in surgical technology helping American National University students seek employment. Pharmacy technician graduate Kelly Roberts received the Achievement Award for overcoming obstacles to achieve success, as well as the E.M. Coulter Award for her outstanding academic achievements. Angela McGee also received the E.M. Coulter Award in addition to the Leadership Award for displaying excellent leadership, organization, and motivational skills. Information systems engineering graduate Shaun-Tori Hill was recognized with the M.A. Smythe Award for his high academic achievement. His fiancé, business administration-accounting graduate Quiana Anderson, was also recognized with outstanding academic achievement with the Joseph E. Hurn Award.

As a new campus director, James was excited to be a part of the ceremony. “To see the pride on the graduates’ faces, as well as all of their family and friends, was one of the most inspirational experiences I have ever had,” he said with a new appreciation for his job.

Director of health care education Patricia Ridge is pictured in the top photo (3rd from left) with graduates of the medical programs (l to r) Michael Choate, Shannon Foster, and Angela McGee. In the bottom photo, M.A. Smythe Award winner Shaun-Tori Hill is pictured (center) accepting his award from campus director James Abraham (left) and instructor A.J. Richardson at the Indianapolis graduation ceremony.